800 migrants storm Melilla fence

2014-12-31 18:26
Sub-Saharan migrants climb over a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, as a Red Cross worker is on-hand to offer humanitarian assistance. (File, AP)

Sub-Saharan migrants climb over a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, as a Red Cross worker is on-hand to offer humanitarian assistance. (File, AP)

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Madrid - Spain says 800 African migrants have tried to storm the border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco in the second such attempt in two days.

The Interior Ministry said police repelled most but 54 migrants managed to make it across on Wednesday. Spanish National Television showed the migrants celebrating the feat.

The ministry said two police officers were treated for unspecified injuries during the fracas.

Thousands of African migrants living illegally in Morocco try to enter the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta each year, hoping to reach a better life in Europe.

On Tuesday, 200 migrants stormed the six-meter high fences, with 102 getting across.

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